Purpose and Values
Milan and Venice, 22nd March 2022 - Today, on the occasion of the World Water Day, the Prada Group and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC), are pleased to provide an update on SEA BEYOND, the educational programme launched in 2019 and dedicated to the preservation of the sea.
1. The 2021/22 educational module dedicated to international secondary school students: ten schools in the following countries have joined this second edition: Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, South Africa and United Kingdom.
A series of webinars led by UNESCO experts, dedicated to teachers and students of the participating schools started in October 2021– who received a recyclable cardboard to experience a virtual reality content dedicated to the SEA BEYOND initiative – were dedicated to the ten challenges of the Ocean Decade for Sustainable Development. At the end, will be launched a competition inviting students to freely interpret one of the ten challenges of the Ocean Decade. The projects will be selected by an international jury of “Sea Beyonders”, composed of (in alphabetical order): Enzo Barracco, photographer and climate artist; Fabien Cousteau, aquanaut, oceanographic explorer and environmental advocate; Kerstin Forsberg, marine scientist and social entrepreneur; Valentina Gottlieb, environmental influencer and activist; Hugo Vau, athlete, ocean explorer. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of UNESCO, and Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, will chair the jury.
The winning schools will be announced on 29th June 2022 in a dedicated event, during the UN Ocean Conference taking place in Lisbon and moderated by Brazilian marine activist Patricia Furtado de Mendonça.
2. The “Kindergarten of the Lagoon” in Venice: Prada Group and UNESCO-IOC are collaborating on an educational project for kids based on the principles of outdoor education that will start in September 2022. The programme will be presented in May in Venice, at the presence of Prada Group and UNESCO representatives as well as local institutions.
3. Ocean Literacy trainings activity for Prada Group's 13,000+ employees continues to be delivered on a global scale, raising their awareness on ocean literacy and encouraging them to play a more active role in protecting the ocean.
“On this important day for our planet, let’s remember that sustainability and the preservation of our resources are closely linked to education. Even though it is difficult to find solutions for the climate emergency that surrounds us, only through education and daily small gestures, we will concretely accelerate towards the change we need,” declared Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility.